How effective are life skills programmes for people with chronic mental health problems?
Only 4 studies were included in the review, involving just 318 participants. The studies lasted only 7 to 24 weeks, with most studies being too small to adequately detect potential benefits from life skills programmes.
Most people with schizophrenia have a cyclical pattern of illness, characterised by remissions and relapses.This can reduce the ability of self-care and functioning, and can lead to the illness becoming chronic and disabling. Life skills programmes are designed to help during the rehabilitation process by enhancing patients' ability to live independently. The elements of such programmes include training in managing money, organising and running a home, domestic skills and personal self-care and related interpersonal skills.